quotations about learning
By learning man ascendeth to the heavens and their motions, where in body he cannot come.
FRANCIS BACON, The Advancement of Learning
The learned man has always riches within himself.
PHAEDRUS, attributed, Day's Collacon
It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.
Man is but a beast without it: such a glorious god is Learning.
BHARTRHARI, "The Praise of the Wise Man"
He is a poor disciple who does not surpass his master.
LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life
There is no better way to learn than to teach.
BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms
When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn.
CONFUCIUS, The Analects
The three foundations of learning are seeing much, suffering much, and studying much.
CATHERALL, attributed, Day's Collacon
If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow.
JOHN LUBBOCK, The Pleasures of Life
Education is a sorting hat. Those who "do well"--who perform on tests at or above age-normed standards--are destined for one sort of future (Ravenclaw), whereas those who do not are channeled into a different track (Hufflepuff). There's no accommodation for variations in learning pace, developmental stage, or test-taking ability. What would happen if we assumed that with the right education, anyone could learn anything?
DENISE WYDRA, "Good Education Is Hard to Find--and Five Other Myths", Education Week, May 5, 2016
Do something with what you learn.... Reading, listening and learning is pointless without doing, applying, sharing or implementing.
MAARTEN ALBARDA, "What Is Your Learning Plan?", MediaPost, May 16, 2016
A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.
ALEXANDER POPE, An Essay on Criticism
He who studies without passion will never become anything more than a pedant.
STEFAN ZWEIG, Confusion of Feelings or Confusion
Man is an imitative animal. This quality is the germ of all education in him. From his cradle to his grave he is learning to do what he sees others do.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, Notes on Virginia
It is only by amusing oneself that one can learn.
ANATOLE FRANCE, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings. Coming down is the hardest thing.
TOM PETTY, Learning to Fly
A genuine love of learning is one of the two delinquencies which cause blindness and lead a young man to ruin.
TOM STOPPARD, The Invention of Love
What's the use you learning to do right, when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?
MARK TWAIN, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire,
That's a' the learning I desire.
ROBERT BURNS, First Epistle to John Lapraik
That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
RICHARD BACH, The Bridge Across Forever